The New York Yankees got their 2020 MLB Season underway on Thursday night, but slightly before they did, the MLB and MLBPA agreed to expand the postseason, which actually hurts the Yankees.
The New York Yankees began their season with a win on Thursday night against the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals after a very delayed season start. Because the season was so delayed and will be only 60 games, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have agreed to expand the MLB Postseason to 16 teams.
You might be saying to yourself “Well okay, that’s fine, how does that hurt the Yankees?”
The reason this hurts the Yankees is because of the format the postseason will be this year. Both the American and National Leagues will have eight teams in the postseason, the division winners, the second-place teams in each division, and the two other teams with the best records.
In the postseason, the Wild Card Round will be a best-of-three series, all played at the higher seed’s home stadium, and after that, it goes on as a normal postseason would, the Divisional Series is a best-of-five, and the Championship Series and World Series are each a best-of-seven.
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So why does this hurt the Yankees? The reason this hurts the Yankees is that first of all there’s an extra series which means the Yankees have to win more games to hopefully win their 28th Championship, but also, that first series is a best-of-three, which could absolutely destroy the Yankees’ season just like that.
If the Yankees have a bad game or two, their entire 60-game season could go up in flames in a matter of two or three days.
However, this could potentially also help the Yankees. The best-of-three series will put a huge emphasis on starting pitching, and with Gerrit Cole being the Yankees’ ace, they aren’t in a horrible position when it comes to starting position.
What do you think, does the expanded postseason hurt the Yankees, or does it actually help them? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @EmpireWritesBck!